Spirit

Album: The Lion King: The Gift (2019)
Charted: 59 98
  • Beyoncé recorded this inspirational song for the soundtrack of the live-action remake of The Lion King and the companion album The Lion King: The Gift. It plays in the film during a pivotal scene with Nala, Simba's childhood best friend and future love interest. Beyoncé also stars in the movie as the voice of the powerful Nala.
  • The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who struggles to succeed his father as King of the Pride Lands. The song starts off with a chant in Swahili, which translates as "long live the king." The phrase acts as encouragement for the lion and his spirit to prevail.
  • Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced this song of strength with:

    Swedish-Persian songwriter IIya Salmanzadeh, who has co-penned several of Ariana Grande's hits, including "Problem," "No Tears Left to Cry," "God Is A Woman" and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored ."

    English dance/hip-hop singer and producer Labrinth. Best known for his own hit single "Beneath Your Beautiful," Labrinth has also contributed to tunes by Noah Cyrus ("Make Me (Cry)"), The Weeknd ("Losers") and Nicki Minaj ("Majesty").
  • Beyoncé produced and curated The Lion King: The Gift companion album. She said that the songs were inspired by the remake's storyline, which "gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation."
  • The song's music video features shots of Beyoncé rocking some colorful gowns against picturesque landscapes (parts of the visual were shot at Havasu Falls in Arizona). Those scenes are interspersed with clips from The Lion King. Her daughter, Blue Ivy, also makes a brief appearance when she joins her mom among a troupe of dancers.

    Beyoncé told ABC News' Robin Roberts the concept of the video is "to show how God is the painter and natural beauty in nature needs no art direction."

    "It's the beauty of color, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition," she added.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"They're Playing My Song

"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.

Mark Arm of MudhoneySongwriter Interviews

When he was asked to write a song for the Singles soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.

James Williamson of Iggy & the StoogesSongwriter Interviews

The Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.